The City of Miami Gardens Honors Program Will Provide Paid Internships for Local Students

The City of Miami Gardens has partnered with South Florida Workforce to provide paid internships for young students who are seeking an opportiunity to gain practical and professional experience in government.
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Dec. 29, 2010 - PRLog -- MIAMI GARDENS, FL-- In an effort to provide valuable professional and personal development opportunities to the youth in the City of Miami Gardens, Councilman Oliver Gilbert, III collaborated with South Florida Workforce (SFWF) to obtain funding in support of the Miami Gardens Honors Internship Program (Honors Program).  The goal of this program is to provide an opportunity for ten (10) high performing young adults, five (5) college students and five (5) high school seniors seeking exposure to a professional career in government with an opportunity to intern with the City of Miami Gardens.  The Honors Program would be an opportunity to gain practical work experience in the field of public administration by working alongside administrators in the City of Miami Gardens.

“We need to redefine what success is in the minds of our youth. A lot of our children think of success as being a rapper, athlete or entertainer. In the City of Miami Gardens we have well paid highly educated executives who dedicate their lives to public service and the betterment of our community. These are the careers to which I would like to expose our students," says Councilman Oliver Gilbert.  

The Miami Gardens Honors Internship Program will begin in January 2011, and will target young adults age 16 -21 who are eligible to work in the United States.  The honors program participants must comply with all City of Miami Gardens employment requirements, and meet household income requirements set by SFWF via their federal grants.  Qualified applicants will earn anywhere from $10.00 to $12.00 per hour.

Program Narrative – College Students
College students will be selected by virtue of an application process, which will include interviews with a committee comprised of City staff.  Students need not be Public Administration majors to participate in the program.  Once selected, each student will work approximately 20 hours per week, depending on scheduling availability.  Students will work a maximum of 1040 within a 1-year program period.

Program Eligibility- College Student
•   City of Miami Gardens Resident
•   Household income cannot exceed levels set by SFWF
•   16-21 years old
•   Must be enrolled in college
•   Must be physically able to work in administrative office setting
•   Must be able to work approximately 20 hours per week

Program Narrative – High School Student
The high school students will also be selected by virtue of an application process.  Selected students will be able to either earn a stipend or earn community service hours.  Participating students may work up to a full workweek (40 hours) during the summer or during the regular school year, if the student participates in their schools’ on the job-training program.  The total hours worked will be subject to the student’s class schedule/workload.  
The maximum stipend to be earned by each student will be $5,000 for the year (based on a total of 480 hours worked).  High School students that exceed the income limits will receive community service hours in lieu of a stipend.

Program Eligibility
•   City of Miami Gardens Resident
•   Household income cannot exceed levels set by SFWF
•   16-19 years old
•   Must be a high school senior with a minimum GPA of 3.5 (weighted)
•   Must be physically able to work in administrative office setting

Funds for this program will be provided by SFWF.  Therefore, participating students must meet the income eligibility standards set by SFWF as imposed on them by the funding source, the U.S. Department of Labor.  The City of Miami Gardens Community Development Department agrees to perform the required screening mvfg and eligibility compliance functions for applicants into this program.

Additionally, the City of Miami Gardens through its non-profit entity the, Friends of Miami Gardens, will seek to raise monetary support for this program.  Funds raised through Friends of Miami Gardens will be used to fund a scholarship for participating students in this program.  Scholarship funds can be used toward tuition and books and will be paid on a reimbursement basis.

Applications for the Honors Program will be available January 2011. Once the applications are available, the City will distribute a notification throughout the local community.  Students interested in the Honors Program should contact the City of Miami Gardens Community Development Department for more information and details at (305) 622-8041.

For all events and media information or inquiries, contact Ula Zucker Williams, Events and Media Coordinator at (305) 622-8035 or email, or contact Stephanie Saenz, Events and Media Planner at (305) 622-8000 ext. 2482 or email

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About City of Miami Gardens
The City of Miami Gardens was incorporated on May 13, 2003 as the 33rd city in Miami-Dade County. At a population of approximately 110,000, it is the third largest city in Miami-Dade County. Miami Gardens is a solid, working and middle class community of unique diversity. It is the largest predominantly African-American municipality in the State of Florida and boasts many Caribbean and Hispanic residents. The City hosted the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl, the 2010 NFL Pro Bowl™ and Super Bowl XLIV™. This is the second time that the City has hosted the Super Bowl. Recently the City of Miami Gardens dropped 5 places from 35th in crimes being committed in metropolitan areas to 40th in the nation according to CQ Press of Washington, D.C., who publishes the annual Crime in Metropolitan American report. The City attributes this achievement to its successful implementation of its own Police Department.
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